Point: Saving Lives Any Way We Can

Witherbee, Amy
March 2016
Points of View: Condom Distribution;3/1/2016, p5
This article presents an argument in favor of condom distribution in schools. The most effective way of protecting oneself against the AIDS virus, of course, is to limit any type of sexual activity to a monogamous relationship with a partner who is also free of the virus, or to avoid sexual activity altogether. All health providers and community health advocates agree that promoting abstinence or monogamy is a first and necessary part of any HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. After two decades of trying to change sexual behaviors in the United States, health advocates can say for sure that a realistic policy for slowing the AIDS epidemic must include a form of prevention that does not preclude sexual activity. With an 85 percent rate of efficacy, condom use is the only form of barrier contraceptive that can block the spread of the virus. Condom distribution is only one part of a strategy to end the spread of AIDS, but it is a part that we cannot do without.


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